About the Copeland Center

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In 2003, Mary Ellen Copeland, along with other people in recovery and supportive allies, founded the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery to promote mental health recovery through education, training, and research based on WRAP®. The Copeland Center was named in honor of, and dedicated to the memory of  Mary  Ellen’s  mother – Kathryn  Strouse Copeland (1912-1994) – whose courageous struggle to face and overcome mental health challenges was a lifelong inspiration to her daughter.

The Copeland Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides training, consultation, and program activities to support the wellness and recovery journeys of individuals. It further enhances the effectiveness of recovery groups, healthcare providers, healthcare organizations, and healthcare systems that seek to support individuals’ recovery and wellness. The purpose of the Copeland Center’s WRAP® initiative is to:

  1. Disseminate the most creative, exciting, and effective developments in the field of WRAP®;
  2. Teach new skills to people who are utilizing WRAP® in innovative recovery programs and in their own lives;
  3. Network thousands of passionate and committed WRAP® facilitators, students, and practitioners from across the world to join forces and leverage their potential;
  4. Inspire individuals and representatives of organizations and systems to take their knowledge and skills back to their own communities and make WRAP® a living source of healing and transformation at the grassroots level.

The Copeland Center is the world’s preeminent organization advancing the knowledge, skills, and values of the evidence-based recovery practice of WRAP®. The Copeland Center is the only organization in the world which conducts the training required to become a certified Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator. The Center has trained and supported Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitators from communities across the United States and in Canada, Japan, New Zealand and several other countries. Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland works exclusively through The Copeland Center to help organizations develop Advanced Level Facilitators who can provide local WRAP® trainings that meet the criteria of WRAP® as an evidence-based practice.

The Copeland Center is the hub of an organic, grassroots movement of individuals using WRAP® as a personalized system for wellness and recovery.  In order to ensure that the international  WRAP®  movement  is  healthy  and strong, the Copeland Center has created and sustained a worldwide network of WRAP® students, educators, and practitioners.   The role of the Copeland Center is to develop and disseminate the ethical guidelines, model practices, and scientific research that has earned WRAP® the status as an evidence-based recovery practice while training and supporting individuals to master the skills for learning, facilitating, and using WRAP®.

The Copeland Center sponsors the annual WRAP® Around the World Conference, which brings together people from around the world – representing all ages and all walks of life – who use, teach, and study WRAP®. In January 2013, more than 450 people from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America gathered to exchange ideas and share skills in Oakland, California. Conducted over the course of three days, the 2013 WRAP® Around the World Conference featured more than 70 workshops and presentations by leaders in the field who addressed what the future of the recovery field holds and how WRAP® will fit into the new international health care paradigm. The WRAP® Around the World Conference is one example of how the Copeland Center is facilitating the growth and development of the worldwide WRAP® movement.

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The mission of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery is to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness and empowerment.

Meet the Copeland Center Staff: Matthew Federici, Executive Director; Katie Wilson, Director of Operations; Gina Calhoun, National Director for Wellness and Recovery Education; Erica Buffington, Correspondence Course Manager; and Elaine Stiles, Administrative and Fiscal Services Coordinator.

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery is a non-profit organization (501(c)3) governed by a board of directors.